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Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal:they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It Happened at the Ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It Happened in the Garden…

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed … thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It Happened One Autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

Topics: England, Opposites Attract, Witty, Lighthearted, Kidnapping, Friendship, Marriage, Heiress, and Enemies to Lovers

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The Wallflowers series is turning out to be one of my favorites - and 'It Happened One Autumn' was a thorough delight.

The perfume was an excellent opening gambit, a very original twist on an old idea - and I loved the way that Kleypas carried through the theme of scent over the course of the novel.

I adored Lillian, although I definitely have my own very biased reasons for favoring mouthy, headstrong heroines. And I thought that Kleypas paced the book in the most excellent way - Lillian and Marcus fight a lot, and those fights are pretty damn sexy, but right from the beginning Kleypas writes in the most lovely, tender moments between the two - it's clear over the course of the novel that they're growing to understand one another and respect one another, to have fun together. More than in a lot of romances, I came to believe that these were two people who could have a long and happy marriage together.

I happened to really enjoy Marcus - he is exactly as described, an extraordinarily talented man who can be overbearing and arrogant. I think his flaws make him more rather than less appealing & Kleypas does a respectable job here of making a solid connection between his love for sports and his exceedingly well developed physique (a lot of romance heroes, I have noticed, really don't have the kind of devotion to exercise necessary to develop the kind of bodies they're supposedly blessed with...).

This is a series not to read out of order, and I'm glad. I like that Kleypas has continued developing characters from earlier books in the series - Annabelle and Olivia, Simon Hunt & Shaw - and does a lot of work fleshing out characters who will have their own books later.

I really cannot wait for the next installment...more
It Happened One Autumn
5 Stars

Synopsis
It is hate at first sight for Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff, and the brash American heiress, Miss Lillian Bowman. He sees her as brash and ill-mannered while she perceives him as arrogant and snobbish. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Will they be able to get past their differences and accept that they are perfect for one another?

Review
Delightful and fun.

The writing and dialogue is excellent and the influence of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is very much in evidence from the load and boorish parents to the slightly shady suitor (although St. Vincent is much sexier than Wickham) and the arrogant hero who is brought to his knees by the unconventional heroine.

Marcus and Lillian have an all-consuming passion and chemistry that sizzles the pages. Their opposites attract romance with its witty banter and steamy scenes is wonderful. Marcus is sexy in his stuffiness and struggles against his attraction to a woman he perceives as beneath him (Darcy anyone). Nevertheless, the vibrant and headstrong Lillian breaks through all of his barriers.

The perfume aphrodisiac motif was original and entertaining although the "secret ingredient" was obvious from the start.

The ending is unexpected and exciting, and it will be fascinating to see how St. Vincent redeems himself in the next book - the epilogue ensured that I would read the book immediately.more
This is the second installment in the Wallflower Series. This book focuses on Lillian, the fiercely independent American heiress, and Marcus or Lord Westcliff, the stubborn, snobbish, yet very eligible English bachelor. Together these two have some serious chemistry. Unfortunately, most of the romance built up between these two occurs in book one, so it appears as if the romance happens rather quickly in book two. I could have done with a bit more back and forth between these two since there was some pretty good laugh out loud moments during their bantering. My only complaint is Kleypas’ insistence on using the word quiver once again. It’s used so much the word seems misplaced. I’m interested though in continuing onto Evangeline’s and St. Vincent’s romance.more
Well, that was intense...Again: so romantic. Lisa Kleypas you melt my heart.This book tells the story of the second wallflower scheduled to get a husband, Miss Lillian Bowman. She's filthy rich, very spirited, extremely sharp-tongued, and an American, an American husband-hunting in Victorian England, and her parents will have nothing else than an aristocrat for son-in-law - poor Lillian. Not really, for she manages to get the attention of the most eligible bachelor around, Marcus Westcliff, who is nuts about following traditions, and always does the right thing. Oh boy. Historical romance fans everywhere: you do not want to miss this.And I can not wait to put my hands on book #3 Devil in Winter, Evie's book, because she's my favorite wallflower! :)more
They say that opposites attract. I'm not sure. Are these individuals truly opposites, or do they see in the other what lies beneath the surface of their own selves? Is the brazenly out-spoken female just saying what we all wish we had the guts to say? Is it this bravery that makes her so endearing and desirable to a man who plays by the rules? I believe this is the case when Marcus, Lord Westcliffe, finds himself desiring the unfathomable Lillian Bowman.Marcus is a serene, straight-laced, proper English gentleman, not to mention the most eligible and wealthy man of the peerage. A true blue-blood. Along comes Lillian Bowman, an American girl, the daughter of a self-made millionaire. Having already read book one in this series, I knew that there was a tension growing between Marcus and Lillian. They made it quite clear to one another that each did not like the other. The verbal battles between the two were numerous. Yet these arguments masked a mountain of sexual tension between the two. The reader knows it is just a matter of time before one breaks down and gives in to these desires. But who will it be? How can this distinguished man align himself for life with such a boisterous woman when he is expected to marry a truly elegant, proper English lady in order to carry on the bloodline? These opposites do attract....but can it last a lifetime? Can they ignore their obligations and follow their hearts?I loved the heroine in this book. She was no lady....at least not a properly behaved lady of the 1800's. Lillian didn't wait for a man to ask her opinion....she gave her thoughts freely at every turn. She didn't accept what everyone told her was best....she questioned all of the rules of propriety. She was brazen, bold, stubborn, sharp-tongued, and very, very funny. A wonderfully head-strong woman. A gal I would love to hang out with. As for Marcus, he was a hero that I came to love. In book one, I thought he was a pompous a__! But this talented author reveals Marcus' history and the torment he went through as a child, and soon enough, I too was falling for this straight-laced gentleman who is really crying for a reason to let loose.... to reveal some of the rebellious boy within. I couldn't help but melt when he finally uttered what lay in his heart for Lillian: "Rest. You'll need to regain your strength.....because once we're married, I won't be able to leave you alone. I'll want to love you every hour, every minute of the day." He nestled her more closely against him. "There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile....no sound sweeter than your laughter....no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you're my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love....how can you have reached so far inside my heart?"Lisa Kleypas has an uncanny ability to create believable characters. They are humourous, lifelike, even human! They become people you want to have tea with....chat with....gossip with. The reader connects with them easily. They make us laugh and cry; we feel empathy for them and we identify with them. We fall in love with them and cheer for them when they reach their happily ever after. I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Wallflowers series, so much so that number three is already awaiting me on my E-Reader. With the click of a button, I will be once again immersed into history and immersed into a romance that will sweep me away with a sigh.more
Lillian Bowman has many disagreeable qualities. First, she's American, something that the staunch English peerage find amusing but not to be considered for matrimony. She's crass, verbally abrasive, fiercely independent and unyieldingly stubborn- yet more traits that tend to discourage the suit of eligible English lords. But even with her penchant for enjoying a rousing game of rounders in her knickers, a lady of sizable fortune, regardless of breeding and disposition, never goes unconsidered. However, Lillian will be damned if she's going to marry some arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard, no matter what his title may be.Lord Marcus, Earl of Westcliff wouldn't describe himself as an arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard. With one of the oldest, purest bloodlines in England, his breeding is unquestionable, and his affections and title largely sought after by many husband hunting young ladies. He has a vast array of businesses, properties, estates and fortunes to oversee, meaning he simply is important and people naturally do what he says because he'd never entertain the notion that they'd do otherwise. So no, he wouldn't say he was any of the offensive things that Miss Bowman just happened to accuse him of. He is, however, firm in his opinion that Lillian Bowman is a crass, verbally abrasive, unyieldingly stubborn, incorrigible, American upstart and Lord help the man who is finally shackled with that insufferable girl. In short- they're perfect for each other.Here's where I gush endlessly about the absolute joy and delight that is this series. I've gushed for two books now and here's number 3. Rather this is book 2 in The Wallflowers series and each one is just as good as the last. I've read them out of order and can assure you that it doesn't matter. The Wallflowers are a group of friends who band together to support and help each other during what can be the very trying and cutthroat ordeal of husband hunting in a London Season. Each book tells a different wallflower's story and this one gives us Lillian Bowman, daughter of a rich, American businessman. Having failed miserably at finding a husband amongst the high society in New York, her parents have carted her and her younger sister Daisy off to England in hopes of catching a lord. Lillian is unapologetically outspoken and can't stomach the idea of having a husband to rule over her. Her smart mouth continuously lands her in trouble throughout the book and that trouble somehow always involves the Earl of Westcliff, who can't help himself when it comes to finding ways to provoke her. Of course their misdeeds land them in love, but not until after a thoroughly tumultuous and unconventional courtship.We are gifted with the inclusion of Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from Devil in Winter, quite possibly the best villain/hero in a romance novel ever. If you haven't read this series, you want to just to meet St. Vincent. I adore him, even with the purely dastardly thing he does in this book. I love him all the more for doing it. He's so wonderfully evil.Kleypas writes leading ladies that are very easy to relate to, and heros that any girl would find it impossible to resist, complete with all the saucy bits. If you're a romance lover, you have to read this series, and if you're not, this will sway you.more
It Happened One Autumn was another great book in the Wallflowers series. As with the first book of the series though, it got off to a somewhat slow start for me. The first half or so of the book is primarily character driven relying heavily on internal conflicts. I'm not really a big fan of love/hate relationships or of the hero and heroine holding each other at arms length for an extended period of time. It seemed like the early part of the book was pretty much a circular cycle of Marcus and Lillian having a passionate encounter, fighting their feelings because they think they're wholly unsuited for one another, and then arguing a bit, with a side dish of St. Vincent occasionally thrown in for good measure. I don't mean to make it sound boring, because it really wasn't. Overall, it was well-written, but I felt like there was a dash of something missing. Once Marcus and Lillian finally stopped fighting fate, things really got going and then with the exciting plot twist in the final chapters, I was thoroughly into the story.Even though I wished there had been a little more action in the early parts of the book, there were still other things that kept the story fun and interesting. I really enjoyed the light banter between Marcus and his sister, Olivia, as well as the sisterly exploits of Lillian and Daisy. There were a couple of amusing side plots that had me grinning from ear-to-ear, one involving a supposedly aphrodisiac perfume and its effects on a couple of the ladies' love lives, and the other involving a conversation between the men about how often was often enough to have sex. The dynamic of the wallflowers was delightfully breezy, continuing the lighter tone of the series. I still adore Evie and if things work out for her the way I hope, I still think she will probably become my favorite wallflower. I also enjoyed Daisy with her love of books and a more cerebral curiosity. The sexual tension between Marcus and Lillian was very nicely done. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing Annabelle and Simon (Secrets of a Summer Night), and Gideon and Olivia (Again the Magic) still madly in love. Marcus is definitely going to be awarded a spot near the top of my favorite romance heroes list. He was very protective of Lillian right from the start, and although he didn't always address his concerns for her safety in the most diplomatic way possible, he wasn't averse to apologizing and behaving in what I would characterize as a very magnanimous manner once his temper cooled. I was very impressed with how intuitive Marcus was in recognizing when Lillian was feeling ill, and the gentlemanly way that he helped her. In fact, there were a number of times that Marcus cared for Lillian in a tremendously sweet and tender way, and he was also a thoroughly attentive lover, all of which was quite swoon-worthy. Marcus was a man whose heritage and responsibilities as an earl weighed very heavily on his shoulders, but when he opened his heart, it was like opening a floodgate of passion that was buried beneath his reserved surface which was absolutely irresistible. The way he handled his horrible mother had me cheering him on every minute, and I loved the soft spot he had for both of his sisters and how he treated them with such kindness and respect. Overall, Marcus was a near-perfect romance hero, and in my opinion, one of the best Lisa Kleypas has ever penned which is saying a lot since all of her heroes have been pretty yummy so far.As with Annabelle in the first book of the series, it took a little while for me to warm up to Lillian. Early on, she could be pretty stubborn and difficult, even resorting to doing something flat-out stupid merely to rebel against Marcus's perceived intrusion into her life, even though he was only looking out for her well-being. There were times when she still didn't seem to be above doing whatever it took to get what she wanted which seemed a little childish to me. I realize that she became frustrated by Marcus's seeming indecision and that she genuinely liked St. Vincent at the time, but to me, it felt like she was only seeing him to spite Marcus. Lillian also had the habit of vociferously confronting Marcus, sometimes about things he had actually done, but other times, based on nothing more than false assumptions. I could understand her wanting to be involved in any marriage plans and desiring for Marcus to say he truly loved her, but when she was still upset with him (at least momentarily) even after he had made the most beautiful marriage proposal ever, I thought she seemed a bit shrewish. Thankfully, most of her “episodes” were fairly short-lived, which allowed her to slowly grow on me as the story progressed. I came to admire her independent streak that made her stand up for herself against Marcus's mother. It also helped her to keep her head and take action when the unexpected happened. It's readily apparent that she cares deeply for her sister, Daisy, and the other wallflowers too. Not to mention, she had some moments that were more placid and humorous such as when she imbibed a bit too much brandy, which was another scene that had me laughing.Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, was a secondary character in It Happened One Autumn, but a very important one. Before picking up this book, I had repeatedly heard from other readers that he was the villain of this story. For quite a while, I kept wondering why, because although he maybe seemed a bit too suave on occasion, for someone who was a self-proclaimed dissolute rake-hell, he was quite charming and behaved in a gentlemanly way toward Lillian. He even had good chemistry with her, but knowing that both of their romantic destinies lay elsewhere, I couldn't invest myself in anything that happened between them. I also couldn't help feeling that their scenes took away time that she could have been spending with Marcus. In any case, Sebastian got quite the introduction in this book, and I almost wondered a few times if he wasn't subtlety trying to push Marcus and Lillian together using reverse psychology. Perhaps I was reading too much into that though, because an unexpected plot twist, completely altered my opinion of him. By the end of the story, I wasn't liking him well at all anymore, and I have to say that Lisa Kleypas will have to pull off a small miracle to get me to forgive his duplicity. Of course, if anyone can do that it would probably be Ms. Kleypas, and I'm eager to find out exactly how she manages it, and if like so many other fans, I fall madly in love with him too.;-)It Happened One Autumn is book #2 in the Wallflowers series. It is preceded by Secrets of a Summer Night, and followed by Devil in Winter, Scandal in Spring, and A Wallflower Christmas. I may have had a few minor issues, but the combination of a strong story, a thoroughly lovable and yummy hero, and an exciting conclusion, has earned it a spot on my keeper shelf next to the first book of the series. With a cliffhanger of an epilogue for Sebastian and Evie, I don't think I'll be able to wait long to get started on their book.more
Four stars for this one. Fairly satisfying. I know that after reading the first book in this series, Secrets of a Summer Night, I really looked forward to reading Westcliff and Lillian's love story. Happily I was not disapointed.Lillian is one of four girls who call themselves wallflowers, ladies who are consistantly ignored at balls and parties. These friends have banded together to find each other husbands. Now that the first wallflower, Annabel, is happily married, attention turns to Lillian. Along with her younger sister, Lillian is an heiress to an enormous fortune--however, she is an American lacking crucial ties to nobility. She's irreverent, ill-manered, and opinionated, she is the last woman that Marcus Westcliff would consider for a wife. He's an earl possessing a very old and prestigious title, and he's grown up under parents who are demanding and bordering on abusive. As a result, he's overly self-assured, stubborn, and commanding.The romance is very good. I love the opposites attract thing. I enjoyed Lillian as a character--she is someone a modern woman can relate to. Westcliff unfortunately comes off as a bit generic, but I believe this is mostly because the author chooses to focus more on Lillian and her conflictedness. Also, this one was somewhat lacking in actual action--it's mostly dialogue based. Still, it is definately a well recommended book."more
I liked this book better than the first installment in the series. The plot was tighter and the characters were more enjoyable. The heroine, Lillian, is a headstrong American heiress who comes to England looking for a titled husband. Marcus is a stodgy straitlaced British aristocrat. These two butt heads and the sparks fly. I enjoyed their interactions quite a bit. The characters were well drawn and interesting. A fun read but a bit longer than it need to be. The sex scene was pretty hot and steamy, always a plus for me. (My grade: B)more
This is my favourite of the Wallflower novels because of how much I adore Lillian. I love how unapologetic she is for herself. Watching Marcus's icy facade melt is delightfully fun. This book is an enjoyable romp.more
This story was fun, an American girl (feisty of course) has an English nobleman (a little stuffy but passionate of course) fall in love with her. There were some funny moments, and the hero's inability to resist sniffing her perfume was quite amusing.Alas, the stereotypes bounce around the book - from the heroine, to the evil granny, to the rake in need of money, to the pushy mamma.Also, this is definitely part of a series. There were way too many minor characters, each obviously read to star in a book of their own, but here, just cluttering up the scenery. If you're reading the series as a whole, it might sit better, but as a stand alone, it was very annoying. And of course the cliffhanger ending.more
Stony Cross, Hampshire, 1843The beautiful and free spirited American heiress, Lillian Bowman, needed to marry an English peer. She knew she needed a sponsor for her and her sister Daisy, the problem was finding one willing to take on the independent American girls. At Stony Cross, Marcus Marsden, Lord Westcliff knew his place and had his plans, he never planned on Lillian with all her interesting ways. After witnessing some of her antics, Marcus found his attentions being drawn to her in an uncomfortable and surprising way. Lillian thought she disliked Marcus for all his high handed orders and still she wasn’t able to forget the feel of his hands or his kiss. This was not the best book in this series so far. This was a completely predictable and expected story, all the way up to the end. A very nice romance to bring the strong and confident Marcus to a point of laughter, nice to see that two strong characters can make a fun story without needing a real villain. ( * Spoiler * ) The twist of the ‘bad guy’ being St. Vincent was a little surprising. I had liked St. Vincent as a possible for Evie, then he went and played a part in Lillians abduction. I see St. Vincents point, he just needed the money and she was dropped in his lap. I am eager to see how Lisa Kleypas can recover St. Vincent to a position that he will be worthy of the shy Evie, since that seems to be the set up for the next book.more
I found this second installment of the Wallflower stories pretty bland. It wasn't bad, by any means, but nor was it shatteringly good. Lillian Bowman is the feisty American heiress destined to shake up and melt the heart of the deceptively stodgy, proper British aristocrat, Marcus Westcliff. Their romance is predictable, and I ended up skimming a lot - a bad sign. I'm beginning to become more familiar than I would like with what is rapidly cementing into a formula for Kleypas - the tone of the stories, the characters, and the events (the author seems partial to final climactic scenes in which either the hero or heroine is placed in and saved from grave danger) all are blurring together for me after reading a few of her books. Mine Till Midnight is still my favorite (mostly for Cam), but these others are sadly nondescript.more
The second book in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.more
It had been animosity at first site between willful American Lillian Bowman and English Lord Marcus Westcliff. Now with the prospect of returning to Westcliff's estate so that she can comply with her mother's wishes to find a husband of suitable peerage Lillian, along with her younger sister Daisy, are determined to do their best to comply. However, capitulation has never been in their blood and the sisters find themselves sneaking about only to be caught by Lord Westcliff himself. To Lillian's surprise he not only helps them in their transgression she suddenly finds herself in the arms of the one person she had hated more than any other. I can't say enough about how much I have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I read the Wallflower series, of which this one is the second volume, completely out of order which spoiled some of the surprising twists and turns for me. I would certainly never have guessed the nature of the climax unless I had already read the other books. It was surprising to me just how much I enjoyed Lillian and Marcus as characters because they have always been my least favorite of the series. I guess you just have to see things from their perspective. And what a wonderful perspective it is. This story is certainly adventurous and romantic and I cannot recommend it, and the rest of the series, enough to lovers of historical romances.more
light likable historical romance second in series about four women with a the villainous seducer is enjoyably clichés and set up the next book in a tantalising epilogue.more
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Reviews

The Wallflowers series is turning out to be one of my favorites - and 'It Happened One Autumn' was a thorough delight.

The perfume was an excellent opening gambit, a very original twist on an old idea - and I loved the way that Kleypas carried through the theme of scent over the course of the novel.

I adored Lillian, although I definitely have my own very biased reasons for favoring mouthy, headstrong heroines. And I thought that Kleypas paced the book in the most excellent way - Lillian and Marcus fight a lot, and those fights are pretty damn sexy, but right from the beginning Kleypas writes in the most lovely, tender moments between the two - it's clear over the course of the novel that they're growing to understand one another and respect one another, to have fun together. More than in a lot of romances, I came to believe that these were two people who could have a long and happy marriage together.

I happened to really enjoy Marcus - he is exactly as described, an extraordinarily talented man who can be overbearing and arrogant. I think his flaws make him more rather than less appealing & Kleypas does a respectable job here of making a solid connection between his love for sports and his exceedingly well developed physique (a lot of romance heroes, I have noticed, really don't have the kind of devotion to exercise necessary to develop the kind of bodies they're supposedly blessed with...).

This is a series not to read out of order, and I'm glad. I like that Kleypas has continued developing characters from earlier books in the series - Annabelle and Olivia, Simon Hunt & Shaw - and does a lot of work fleshing out characters who will have their own books later.

I really cannot wait for the next installment...more
It Happened One Autumn
5 Stars

Synopsis
It is hate at first sight for Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff, and the brash American heiress, Miss Lillian Bowman. He sees her as brash and ill-mannered while she perceives him as arrogant and snobbish. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Will they be able to get past their differences and accept that they are perfect for one another?

Review
Delightful and fun.

The writing and dialogue is excellent and the influence of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is very much in evidence from the load and boorish parents to the slightly shady suitor (although St. Vincent is much sexier than Wickham) and the arrogant hero who is brought to his knees by the unconventional heroine.

Marcus and Lillian have an all-consuming passion and chemistry that sizzles the pages. Their opposites attract romance with its witty banter and steamy scenes is wonderful. Marcus is sexy in his stuffiness and struggles against his attraction to a woman he perceives as beneath him (Darcy anyone). Nevertheless, the vibrant and headstrong Lillian breaks through all of his barriers.

The perfume aphrodisiac motif was original and entertaining although the "secret ingredient" was obvious from the start.

The ending is unexpected and exciting, and it will be fascinating to see how St. Vincent redeems himself in the next book - the epilogue ensured that I would read the book immediately.more
This is the second installment in the Wallflower Series. This book focuses on Lillian, the fiercely independent American heiress, and Marcus or Lord Westcliff, the stubborn, snobbish, yet very eligible English bachelor. Together these two have some serious chemistry. Unfortunately, most of the romance built up between these two occurs in book one, so it appears as if the romance happens rather quickly in book two. I could have done with a bit more back and forth between these two since there was some pretty good laugh out loud moments during their bantering. My only complaint is Kleypas’ insistence on using the word quiver once again. It’s used so much the word seems misplaced. I’m interested though in continuing onto Evangeline’s and St. Vincent’s romance.more
Well, that was intense...Again: so romantic. Lisa Kleypas you melt my heart.This book tells the story of the second wallflower scheduled to get a husband, Miss Lillian Bowman. She's filthy rich, very spirited, extremely sharp-tongued, and an American, an American husband-hunting in Victorian England, and her parents will have nothing else than an aristocrat for son-in-law - poor Lillian. Not really, for she manages to get the attention of the most eligible bachelor around, Marcus Westcliff, who is nuts about following traditions, and always does the right thing. Oh boy. Historical romance fans everywhere: you do not want to miss this.And I can not wait to put my hands on book #3 Devil in Winter, Evie's book, because she's my favorite wallflower! :)more
They say that opposites attract. I'm not sure. Are these individuals truly opposites, or do they see in the other what lies beneath the surface of their own selves? Is the brazenly out-spoken female just saying what we all wish we had the guts to say? Is it this bravery that makes her so endearing and desirable to a man who plays by the rules? I believe this is the case when Marcus, Lord Westcliffe, finds himself desiring the unfathomable Lillian Bowman.Marcus is a serene, straight-laced, proper English gentleman, not to mention the most eligible and wealthy man of the peerage. A true blue-blood. Along comes Lillian Bowman, an American girl, the daughter of a self-made millionaire. Having already read book one in this series, I knew that there was a tension growing between Marcus and Lillian. They made it quite clear to one another that each did not like the other. The verbal battles between the two were numerous. Yet these arguments masked a mountain of sexual tension between the two. The reader knows it is just a matter of time before one breaks down and gives in to these desires. But who will it be? How can this distinguished man align himself for life with such a boisterous woman when he is expected to marry a truly elegant, proper English lady in order to carry on the bloodline? These opposites do attract....but can it last a lifetime? Can they ignore their obligations and follow their hearts?I loved the heroine in this book. She was no lady....at least not a properly behaved lady of the 1800's. Lillian didn't wait for a man to ask her opinion....she gave her thoughts freely at every turn. She didn't accept what everyone told her was best....she questioned all of the rules of propriety. She was brazen, bold, stubborn, sharp-tongued, and very, very funny. A wonderfully head-strong woman. A gal I would love to hang out with. As for Marcus, he was a hero that I came to love. In book one, I thought he was a pompous a__! But this talented author reveals Marcus' history and the torment he went through as a child, and soon enough, I too was falling for this straight-laced gentleman who is really crying for a reason to let loose.... to reveal some of the rebellious boy within. I couldn't help but melt when he finally uttered what lay in his heart for Lillian: "Rest. You'll need to regain your strength.....because once we're married, I won't be able to leave you alone. I'll want to love you every hour, every minute of the day." He nestled her more closely against him. "There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile....no sound sweeter than your laughter....no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you're my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love....how can you have reached so far inside my heart?"Lisa Kleypas has an uncanny ability to create believable characters. They are humourous, lifelike, even human! They become people you want to have tea with....chat with....gossip with. The reader connects with them easily. They make us laugh and cry; we feel empathy for them and we identify with them. We fall in love with them and cheer for them when they reach their happily ever after. I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Wallflowers series, so much so that number three is already awaiting me on my E-Reader. With the click of a button, I will be once again immersed into history and immersed into a romance that will sweep me away with a sigh.more
Lillian Bowman has many disagreeable qualities. First, she's American, something that the staunch English peerage find amusing but not to be considered for matrimony. She's crass, verbally abrasive, fiercely independent and unyieldingly stubborn- yet more traits that tend to discourage the suit of eligible English lords. But even with her penchant for enjoying a rousing game of rounders in her knickers, a lady of sizable fortune, regardless of breeding and disposition, never goes unconsidered. However, Lillian will be damned if she's going to marry some arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard, no matter what his title may be.Lord Marcus, Earl of Westcliff wouldn't describe himself as an arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard. With one of the oldest, purest bloodlines in England, his breeding is unquestionable, and his affections and title largely sought after by many husband hunting young ladies. He has a vast array of businesses, properties, estates and fortunes to oversee, meaning he simply is important and people naturally do what he says because he'd never entertain the notion that they'd do otherwise. So no, he wouldn't say he was any of the offensive things that Miss Bowman just happened to accuse him of. He is, however, firm in his opinion that Lillian Bowman is a crass, verbally abrasive, unyieldingly stubborn, incorrigible, American upstart and Lord help the man who is finally shackled with that insufferable girl. In short- they're perfect for each other.Here's where I gush endlessly about the absolute joy and delight that is this series. I've gushed for two books now and here's number 3. Rather this is book 2 in The Wallflowers series and each one is just as good as the last. I've read them out of order and can assure you that it doesn't matter. The Wallflowers are a group of friends who band together to support and help each other during what can be the very trying and cutthroat ordeal of husband hunting in a London Season. Each book tells a different wallflower's story and this one gives us Lillian Bowman, daughter of a rich, American businessman. Having failed miserably at finding a husband amongst the high society in New York, her parents have carted her and her younger sister Daisy off to England in hopes of catching a lord. Lillian is unapologetically outspoken and can't stomach the idea of having a husband to rule over her. Her smart mouth continuously lands her in trouble throughout the book and that trouble somehow always involves the Earl of Westcliff, who can't help himself when it comes to finding ways to provoke her. Of course their misdeeds land them in love, but not until after a thoroughly tumultuous and unconventional courtship.We are gifted with the inclusion of Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from Devil in Winter, quite possibly the best villain/hero in a romance novel ever. If you haven't read this series, you want to just to meet St. Vincent. I adore him, even with the purely dastardly thing he does in this book. I love him all the more for doing it. He's so wonderfully evil.Kleypas writes leading ladies that are very easy to relate to, and heros that any girl would find it impossible to resist, complete with all the saucy bits. If you're a romance lover, you have to read this series, and if you're not, this will sway you.more
It Happened One Autumn was another great book in the Wallflowers series. As with the first book of the series though, it got off to a somewhat slow start for me. The first half or so of the book is primarily character driven relying heavily on internal conflicts. I'm not really a big fan of love/hate relationships or of the hero and heroine holding each other at arms length for an extended period of time. It seemed like the early part of the book was pretty much a circular cycle of Marcus and Lillian having a passionate encounter, fighting their feelings because they think they're wholly unsuited for one another, and then arguing a bit, with a side dish of St. Vincent occasionally thrown in for good measure. I don't mean to make it sound boring, because it really wasn't. Overall, it was well-written, but I felt like there was a dash of something missing. Once Marcus and Lillian finally stopped fighting fate, things really got going and then with the exciting plot twist in the final chapters, I was thoroughly into the story.Even though I wished there had been a little more action in the early parts of the book, there were still other things that kept the story fun and interesting. I really enjoyed the light banter between Marcus and his sister, Olivia, as well as the sisterly exploits of Lillian and Daisy. There were a couple of amusing side plots that had me grinning from ear-to-ear, one involving a supposedly aphrodisiac perfume and its effects on a couple of the ladies' love lives, and the other involving a conversation between the men about how often was often enough to have sex. The dynamic of the wallflowers was delightfully breezy, continuing the lighter tone of the series. I still adore Evie and if things work out for her the way I hope, I still think she will probably become my favorite wallflower. I also enjoyed Daisy with her love of books and a more cerebral curiosity. The sexual tension between Marcus and Lillian was very nicely done. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing Annabelle and Simon (Secrets of a Summer Night), and Gideon and Olivia (Again the Magic) still madly in love. Marcus is definitely going to be awarded a spot near the top of my favorite romance heroes list. He was very protective of Lillian right from the start, and although he didn't always address his concerns for her safety in the most diplomatic way possible, he wasn't averse to apologizing and behaving in what I would characterize as a very magnanimous manner once his temper cooled. I was very impressed with how intuitive Marcus was in recognizing when Lillian was feeling ill, and the gentlemanly way that he helped her. In fact, there were a number of times that Marcus cared for Lillian in a tremendously sweet and tender way, and he was also a thoroughly attentive lover, all of which was quite swoon-worthy. Marcus was a man whose heritage and responsibilities as an earl weighed very heavily on his shoulders, but when he opened his heart, it was like opening a floodgate of passion that was buried beneath his reserved surface which was absolutely irresistible. The way he handled his horrible mother had me cheering him on every minute, and I loved the soft spot he had for both of his sisters and how he treated them with such kindness and respect. Overall, Marcus was a near-perfect romance hero, and in my opinion, one of the best Lisa Kleypas has ever penned which is saying a lot since all of her heroes have been pretty yummy so far.As with Annabelle in the first book of the series, it took a little while for me to warm up to Lillian. Early on, she could be pretty stubborn and difficult, even resorting to doing something flat-out stupid merely to rebel against Marcus's perceived intrusion into her life, even though he was only looking out for her well-being. There were times when she still didn't seem to be above doing whatever it took to get what she wanted which seemed a little childish to me. I realize that she became frustrated by Marcus's seeming indecision and that she genuinely liked St. Vincent at the time, but to me, it felt like she was only seeing him to spite Marcus. Lillian also had the habit of vociferously confronting Marcus, sometimes about things he had actually done, but other times, based on nothing more than false assumptions. I could understand her wanting to be involved in any marriage plans and desiring for Marcus to say he truly loved her, but when she was still upset with him (at least momentarily) even after he had made the most beautiful marriage proposal ever, I thought she seemed a bit shrewish. Thankfully, most of her “episodes” were fairly short-lived, which allowed her to slowly grow on me as the story progressed. I came to admire her independent streak that made her stand up for herself against Marcus's mother. It also helped her to keep her head and take action when the unexpected happened. It's readily apparent that she cares deeply for her sister, Daisy, and the other wallflowers too. Not to mention, she had some moments that were more placid and humorous such as when she imbibed a bit too much brandy, which was another scene that had me laughing.Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, was a secondary character in It Happened One Autumn, but a very important one. Before picking up this book, I had repeatedly heard from other readers that he was the villain of this story. For quite a while, I kept wondering why, because although he maybe seemed a bit too suave on occasion, for someone who was a self-proclaimed dissolute rake-hell, he was quite charming and behaved in a gentlemanly way toward Lillian. He even had good chemistry with her, but knowing that both of their romantic destinies lay elsewhere, I couldn't invest myself in anything that happened between them. I also couldn't help feeling that their scenes took away time that she could have been spending with Marcus. In any case, Sebastian got quite the introduction in this book, and I almost wondered a few times if he wasn't subtlety trying to push Marcus and Lillian together using reverse psychology. Perhaps I was reading too much into that though, because an unexpected plot twist, completely altered my opinion of him. By the end of the story, I wasn't liking him well at all anymore, and I have to say that Lisa Kleypas will have to pull off a small miracle to get me to forgive his duplicity. Of course, if anyone can do that it would probably be Ms. Kleypas, and I'm eager to find out exactly how she manages it, and if like so many other fans, I fall madly in love with him too.;-)It Happened One Autumn is book #2 in the Wallflowers series. It is preceded by Secrets of a Summer Night, and followed by Devil in Winter, Scandal in Spring, and A Wallflower Christmas. I may have had a few minor issues, but the combination of a strong story, a thoroughly lovable and yummy hero, and an exciting conclusion, has earned it a spot on my keeper shelf next to the first book of the series. With a cliffhanger of an epilogue for Sebastian and Evie, I don't think I'll be able to wait long to get started on their book.more
Four stars for this one. Fairly satisfying. I know that after reading the first book in this series, Secrets of a Summer Night, I really looked forward to reading Westcliff and Lillian's love story. Happily I was not disapointed.Lillian is one of four girls who call themselves wallflowers, ladies who are consistantly ignored at balls and parties. These friends have banded together to find each other husbands. Now that the first wallflower, Annabel, is happily married, attention turns to Lillian. Along with her younger sister, Lillian is an heiress to an enormous fortune--however, she is an American lacking crucial ties to nobility. She's irreverent, ill-manered, and opinionated, she is the last woman that Marcus Westcliff would consider for a wife. He's an earl possessing a very old and prestigious title, and he's grown up under parents who are demanding and bordering on abusive. As a result, he's overly self-assured, stubborn, and commanding.The romance is very good. I love the opposites attract thing. I enjoyed Lillian as a character--she is someone a modern woman can relate to. Westcliff unfortunately comes off as a bit generic, but I believe this is mostly because the author chooses to focus more on Lillian and her conflictedness. Also, this one was somewhat lacking in actual action--it's mostly dialogue based. Still, it is definately a well recommended book."more
I liked this book better than the first installment in the series. The plot was tighter and the characters were more enjoyable. The heroine, Lillian, is a headstrong American heiress who comes to England looking for a titled husband. Marcus is a stodgy straitlaced British aristocrat. These two butt heads and the sparks fly. I enjoyed their interactions quite a bit. The characters were well drawn and interesting. A fun read but a bit longer than it need to be. The sex scene was pretty hot and steamy, always a plus for me. (My grade: B)more
This is my favourite of the Wallflower novels because of how much I adore Lillian. I love how unapologetic she is for herself. Watching Marcus's icy facade melt is delightfully fun. This book is an enjoyable romp.more
This story was fun, an American girl (feisty of course) has an English nobleman (a little stuffy but passionate of course) fall in love with her. There were some funny moments, and the hero's inability to resist sniffing her perfume was quite amusing.Alas, the stereotypes bounce around the book - from the heroine, to the evil granny, to the rake in need of money, to the pushy mamma.Also, this is definitely part of a series. There were way too many minor characters, each obviously read to star in a book of their own, but here, just cluttering up the scenery. If you're reading the series as a whole, it might sit better, but as a stand alone, it was very annoying. And of course the cliffhanger ending.more
Stony Cross, Hampshire, 1843The beautiful and free spirited American heiress, Lillian Bowman, needed to marry an English peer. She knew she needed a sponsor for her and her sister Daisy, the problem was finding one willing to take on the independent American girls. At Stony Cross, Marcus Marsden, Lord Westcliff knew his place and had his plans, he never planned on Lillian with all her interesting ways. After witnessing some of her antics, Marcus found his attentions being drawn to her in an uncomfortable and surprising way. Lillian thought she disliked Marcus for all his high handed orders and still she wasn’t able to forget the feel of his hands or his kiss. This was not the best book in this series so far. This was a completely predictable and expected story, all the way up to the end. A very nice romance to bring the strong and confident Marcus to a point of laughter, nice to see that two strong characters can make a fun story without needing a real villain. ( * Spoiler * ) The twist of the ‘bad guy’ being St. Vincent was a little surprising. I had liked St. Vincent as a possible for Evie, then he went and played a part in Lillians abduction. I see St. Vincents point, he just needed the money and she was dropped in his lap. I am eager to see how Lisa Kleypas can recover St. Vincent to a position that he will be worthy of the shy Evie, since that seems to be the set up for the next book.more
I found this second installment of the Wallflower stories pretty bland. It wasn't bad, by any means, but nor was it shatteringly good. Lillian Bowman is the feisty American heiress destined to shake up and melt the heart of the deceptively stodgy, proper British aristocrat, Marcus Westcliff. Their romance is predictable, and I ended up skimming a lot - a bad sign. I'm beginning to become more familiar than I would like with what is rapidly cementing into a formula for Kleypas - the tone of the stories, the characters, and the events (the author seems partial to final climactic scenes in which either the hero or heroine is placed in and saved from grave danger) all are blurring together for me after reading a few of her books. Mine Till Midnight is still my favorite (mostly for Cam), but these others are sadly nondescript.more
The second book in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.more
It had been animosity at first site between willful American Lillian Bowman and English Lord Marcus Westcliff. Now with the prospect of returning to Westcliff's estate so that she can comply with her mother's wishes to find a husband of suitable peerage Lillian, along with her younger sister Daisy, are determined to do their best to comply. However, capitulation has never been in their blood and the sisters find themselves sneaking about only to be caught by Lord Westcliff himself. To Lillian's surprise he not only helps them in their transgression she suddenly finds herself in the arms of the one person she had hated more than any other. I can't say enough about how much I have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I read the Wallflower series, of which this one is the second volume, completely out of order which spoiled some of the surprising twists and turns for me. I would certainly never have guessed the nature of the climax unless I had already read the other books. It was surprising to me just how much I enjoyed Lillian and Marcus as characters because they have always been my least favorite of the series. I guess you just have to see things from their perspective. And what a wonderful perspective it is. This story is certainly adventurous and romantic and I cannot recommend it, and the rest of the series, enough to lovers of historical romances.more
light likable historical romance second in series about four women with a the villainous seducer is enjoyably clichés and set up the next book in a tantalising epilogue.more
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